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IN THE WRONG ARIA; Film.

BEL CANTO 15 OPERA is the music of love in this hostage drama.

But it is a flat, tuneless and poorly paced exercise of uncertain rhythm which staggers to a muted crescendo.

Julianne Moore plays Roxanne Coss, an agreeably spiky and unsympathetic US opera singer. But for such an accomplished actress, Moore is a terrible mime and gifted soprano Renee Fleming is doing the actual singing.

While on a tour of Latin America, Roxanne's private recital at an embassy is interrupted by revolutionary guerillas who take the international dignitaries hostage.

The relaxed regime of the khaki-clad desperadoes leads to some bed-hopping so unintentionally farcical it could have been named Carry On Up the Junta.

The script assumes opera is a unifier so you may feel patronised and excluded if your musical tastes lie elsewhere.

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DRESSING-ROOM DIVA Moore as singer Roxanne Coss

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 26, 2019
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